hown here are a number of photographs recently acquired by the American Lighthouse Foundation’s Museum of Lighthouse History. We know from looking at the old photographs that they were taken at Maine’s Indian Island Lighthouse. We can guess from the clothing that it would appear the photographs were taken in the late 1800’s. But, we don’t know the name of the keeper or other family members.
We continue to uncover old photographs of keepers of yesteryear, but many times, since no names were written on the back of the photos, we have no idea who they are. These people may have preserved their image for posterity, but if they had only written their names on the photos they would have preserved more of the past for the future. Could the keeper be Joseph Small who was keeper from 1875-1881 or Knot C. Perry who served from 1881 until his death on the island in 1894 or David S. Arey who served from1894 to 1902?
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